CIPM Sri Lanka 2020 graduation ceremony at BMICH
Memorable moments at the CIPM graduation ceremony 2020
CIPM Sri Lanka – the nation’s leader in human resource management held its 2020 graduation ceremony at the BMICH, Colombo on Wednesday February 24 where over 800 graduates from the CIPM Business School received their well-deserved honors. The graduands represented students who followed the M. Sc in HRM & Development from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, CIPM National Diploma in Training & Human Resource Development (NDTHRD) and CIPM Professional Qualification in Human Resource Management (PQHRM). The graduation ceremony was held in two sessions.
Chief Guest of the morning session Dr. Sarath Weerasekera – M. P., Minister of Public Security and the Chief Guest of the afternoon session Ajith Nivard Cabraal – M. P., State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms, Guests of Honor Ms. Gowrie Rajan – Director, Sun Match Company and Deepthi Lokuarachchi – Group Chief Executive Officer, Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC joined CIPM president – Jayantha Amarasinghe, members of the CIPM Executive Council, CEO, CIPM faculty members and staff at the ceremony which was held under the timely theme of “Transforming the World of Work”.
“It is truly a pleasure to welcome all of you, and especially our graduands who are present here today as true achievers. CIPM SL, with the absolute commitment of our resource personnel have taken you through the knowledge acquisition process and you have become qualified young professionals in managing people and business. We hope you will remain as part of our professional community as members of CIPM” said Jayantha Amarasinghe-president, CIPM Sri Lanka.
“It requires to be acknowledged that the CIPM Business School has been able to operate a professional learning and teaching experience which is consistently ranked as the very best in the market. Our team of industry practitioners has developed your skills, knowledge and behavior in the field of people management to become successful in your life” he added.
Congratulating the graduands, Chief Guest of the morning session Sarath Weerasekera said “CIPM is a pioneering body in the island in the profession of human resource management”. Referring to his experience and career, he also said love for your country/institution that you work, knowledge and appreciation of the history and literature of the country and a sensitive heart are additional 3 essential qualities which will inspire you to be a successful leader.
The Chief Guest of the afternoon session Ajith Nivard Cabraal congratulated the graduands and said that CIPM has chosen a very appropriate theme for the graduation as the new normal brought about by the pandemic not only transforms the way we work, it also requires transformation of the worklife, transformation of ideas and transformation of individuals as well to successfully face the challenges of the pandemic. He further added that as everything is changing at an increasing pace, each person has to change and transform accordingly to be successful.
Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+
Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.
Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.
Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.
In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.
The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.
Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.
Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector
Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’
Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.
Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services (www.sirajmanpower.lk) has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.
“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.
Direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake to commence from August
A special discussion between Turkish Ambassador – Demet Sekercioglu and Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva took place last week at the ministry office. The aim of the discussion was to seek authorization to commence direct flights from the Turkish Capital Istanbul to Katunayake, Sri Lanka. The Chief of Turkish Airlines’ South Asia Office Fathi Bozkurt was also present during the discussion.
Currently, Turkish Airlines connects with Sri Lanka through a route that includes a stopover in the Maldives, resulting in an additional travel time of one and a half hours. The delay caused by this routing is not favored by travelers, as emphasized by the Ambassador.
The Chief of Turkish Airlines requested for time and space to be allocated in order to initiate direct flights between Istanbul and Katunaike, thus providing convenience for Turkish tourists and travelers who prefer visit Sri Lanka.
The Minister announced that the request would be forwarded to the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited. The aim is to establish direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake starting from August this year.
Turkish Airlines, a renowned airline with a fleet of over 100 aircraft, offers flights connecting Europe’s Vancouver and New York. The Chief of Turkish Airlines said that the new service would not only benefit European travelers but also encourage them to travel to Sri Lanka.
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